Friday, March 21, 2008

HAPPY EASTER 08 ! ! ! !

Monday, March 10, 2008

chicken behavior

THESE ARE NOT ROOSTERS, and this is not a cock fight. I have had chickens for 5 years. Yesterday I witnessed and awful fight. My hens have never fought like this before. You will see two hens ganging up on a brown hen. The brown hen has always been dominant and the 2 others LOW in the chicken hierachy.

Well, I am a believer in Darwins theory but allowed the situation to go only so far. At 8 pm I separated the brown chicken and both her eyes had been swollen shut. I figured she had been blinded by the 2 other hens......and worried about her life, and decided to call Truvey, my avian expert friend. He advised me to hand feed the chicken and keep her in box.... but I did not follow his advice. Instead, I put her in a barrel of hay for the night, seeing that it was warm out. In the morning I checked on her and she was JUST FINE! Today, all is well in the chicken house and its as though the fight never occured.

roosters and politics

John the farmer was in the fertilized egg business. He had several hundred young layers (hens), called "pullets", and ten roosters, whose job it was to fertilize the eggs. The farmer kept records and any rooster that didn't perform went into the soup pot and was replaced.
That took an awful lot of his time, so he bought a set of tiny bells and attached them to his roosters. Each bell had a different tone so John could tell from a distance, which rooster was performing. Now he could sit on the porch and fill out an efficiency report simply by listening to the bells. The farmer's favorite rooster was old Butch, a very fine specimen he was, too. But on this particular morning John noticed old Butch's bell hadn't rung at all! John went to investigate. The other roosters were chasing pullets, bells-a-ringing. The pullets, hearing the roosters coming, would run for cover. But to Farmer John's amazement, old Butch had his bell in his beak, so it couldn't ring. He'd sneak up on a pullet, do his job and walk on to the next one. John was so proud of old Butch, he entered him in the Renfrew County Fair and he became an overnight sensation among the judges. The result...The judges not only awarded old Butch the No Bell Piece Prizebut they awarded him the Pulletsurprise as well. Clearly old Butch was a politician in the making: who else but a politician could figure out how to win two of the most highly coveted awards on our planet by being the best at sneaking up on the populace and screwing them when they weren't paying attention. Vote carefully this year...the bells are not always audible.